Opening Reception and Auction
Works from Martinez Studio
Featured at the Smithsonian Craft Show
Friday September 5, 2014
5:00 – 9:00pm
Green Home Chicago presents the nationally recognized tapestries and works on paper of Wence and Sandra Martinez. A Master tribal weaver, Wence Martinez uses hand-spun wool in a traditional flatweave process to create contemporary textiles based on his bold, geometric patterns as well as Sandra’s primitive, organic designs. They work side by side at their studio and gallery in Door County, Wisconsin, and travel to Oaxaca, Mexico in winter to source hand-spun wool and dye it using local botanicals.
Special Note: On opening night both Martinez Studio and Green Home Chicago will auction pieces to benefit youth art programs at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago; Martinez Studio is donating a piece of their art and Green Home Chicago is donating a piece of furniture.
The Martinez duo made their second consecutive Smithsonian Craft Show appearance in 2014 to great acclaim and also impressed collectors and designers at the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York and the American Craft Council’s flagship show in Baltimore. Their work is currently on display at the “Black and White and a Bit of Color,” show at Kohler ARTspace.
A master weaver and native of Oaxaca, Wence learned the craft of weaving from his grandfather and father, and brings more than 40 years of experience to his work. Sandra has been focused on her primitive drawing style for 30 years, and when the couple met over a commission fusing Sandra’s drawing with Wence’s weaving, they also fused their lives and their creative passions.
Here is a link to more information about the artists: The Best Artists You’ve Never Heard of: Martinez Studio